While HDD makers like Seagate are a bit more conservative about solid state disks, SanDisk CEO Eli Harari told financial analysts that SSDs will be ready for mass adoption in notebooks within one or two generations:
"SSDs are transforming enterprise storage as we speak and we are within one or two generations from the mass adoption [of SSDs] in notebook PCs and other thin clients," said Eli Harari, the outgoing chief executive officer of SanDisk, during the most recent conference call with financial analysts.
The head of SanDisk admits that today only a fraction of notebooks use solid-state drives instead of hard disk drives. But as notebooks tend to get thinner, system makers will be forced to use SSDs instead of HDDs to keep PCs thin. For example, the recently unveiled Macbook Air laptops from Apple use custom-designed solid-state drives by Toshiba, whereas many other standard systems utilize standard SSDs by various manufacturers. At the moment the share of flash-based drives among Macintosh computers is just 3% - 5%, according to Seagate, but overtime this will grow.